Highly rated flyhalf Handrè Pollard will make a first start for the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 team for Friday’s crucial Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship match against the Toyota Free State.
Pollard has just recovered from a shoulder injury and will replace Kobus Marais, who drops back to the Under-19 side.
Coach Nollis Marais made only one more change, where Justin Forwood comes onto the bench in place of Du Toit Genis at prop.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls are just one point behind log leaders, The Sharks Under-21’s and have the same number of log points as the Cheetahs, who also won three out of four matches so far this season.
“We have good momentum and I hope we can sustain that against an opponent of real quality,” Marais said.
“The team adapted well after losing four players to the Currie Cup side and some to injury and I am looking forward to a more settled effort on Friday. Handrè is a quality player and I am sure he will make a telling contribution,” Marais said.
The team to play Free State is: Jesse Kriel, Jade Stighling, Dries Swanepoel (v/c), Burger Odendaal, Jermaine Kleinsmith, Handrè Pollard, Rudi van Rooyen, Clyde Davids, Nardus van der Walt, Shaun Adendorff, Dennis Visser, Jannes Kirsten, Hencus van Wyk, Jaco Visagie (c), Andrew Beerwinkel. Replacements: Jason Thomas, Justin Forwood, Irne Herbst, Roelof Smit, Kefentse Mahlo, Malcolm Theo, Christopher Bosch.